I’m sure a common fear among nurses and doctors is to have a close friend or family member wheeled into the emergency room in critical condition. For Jennifer Medina, this fear became a reality.
Jennifer works for Mission Hospital’s emergency room in Mission Viejo, California. As she was going about her day, catering to the business of the ER, a young male was brought in. He was an unconscious victim of a hit-and-run accident.
As they had five traumas happening that day alone, Jennifer and her coworker were asked to identify the male who was already a Code Blue (not breathing).
Her coworker came over with the wallet and Jennifer immediately recognized it. When she opened it, she saw her brother Cesar Andres Medina’s face staring back at her.
“Everything just collapsed. I just couldn’t hold it together. I just knew I wanted to say my last goodbyes to Andy after they cleaned him up… I got to go in there and kiss him and tell him how much I love him,” Jennifer said.
He was crossing the street while riding his skateboard when a black pick-up truck hit him and drove off. His body flew over 20 feet in the air but the driver did not stop by to help.
Once he got to the hospital, doctors did all they could but he suffered from major trauma to his brain and died shortly afterwards.
The suspected driver, 19-year-old Andrew Christopher Michaels, was found and arrested.
On her GoFundMe page, Jennifer wrote, “The day I feared the most was the day I would see my little brother come in as a trauma patient to my work.”
Since the fatal accident, her campaign has raised over $13,000.